Twilight On The Rio Grande

  • 1947
  • 1 HR 11 MIN
  • NR
  • Western

While Autry and Holloway are vacationing just south of the border, they find that their good pal Steele (in a cameo role) has been murdered. Autry learns that Steele was probably knifed by some smugglers and the investigation is on. Mara is a young woman whose father was also knifed by the same band and, after some urging from the heroes, she agrees to...read more

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While Autry and Holloway are vacationing just south of the border, they find that their good pal Steele (in a cameo role) has been murdered. Autry learns that Steele was probably knifed by some smugglers and the investigation is on. Mara is a young woman whose father was also knifed by the

same band and, after some urging from the heroes, she agrees to help find the killers. The badmen, who turn out to be cantina owner Negley and crooked attorney Evans, are soundly defeated in an all-out cowboy brawl. All is resolved nicely and neatly in this lower-quality entry for Autry. The film

freely mixes cowboy motifs of the 1880s with 1947 devices like telephones and flatbed trucks, using whichever historical period is handy at the moment. The dialog is weak and somewhat racist in its characterizations of Mexican Americans, but the direction is okay considering the material's

inherent stupidity. Songs include: "Twilight on the Rio Grande" (sung by Gene Autry and Cass County Boys, reprise by Autry, Adele Mara), "The Old Lamplighter," "I Tipped My Hat and Slowly Rode Away" (sung by Gene Autry), "Pretty Knife Grinder" (sung by Mara), "Ol' Grandad" (performed by Cass

County Boys).

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